Authentic Experiences

Using Greenacres’ working farm, our agriculture educators provide authentic farm experiences for your students. From observing grass-fed cattle to harvesting from expansive vegetable gardens, students have the opportunity to tie aspects of agriculture to classroom learning. We will design lessons to support a wide variety of subjects and utilize the gardens, greenhouse, and livestock at Greenacres to help students form a connection with what they are learning in the classroom. Our sustainable approach to agriculture means that students gain an appreciation for responsible farming practices and how each of us are connected to this diverse ecosystem.

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Featured Programming

Spring 2020

Seasonal Farm Exploration

Experience the diverse nature of a working, sustainable farm through hands-on learning! Students will have the opportunity to participate in our ever changing farm life. Observe our livestock, harvest from our gardens, or even help care for the plants in our greenhouse. Every student will leave Greenacres with a one of a kind, authentic farm experience.

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Spring 2020

Farm Ecosystems

Farms are a great place to gain an understanding of how living and non-living things work together to create unique ecosystems. We will explore barns, greenhouse, gardens, pastures, and more to discover how microbes, plants, and animals exist in their physical environment and learn how they depend on each other for survival.

Spring 2020

Caring for Animals on the Farm

Take a tour of our farm where students may observe and learn about the livestock at Greenacres. Depending on the season, students may encounter our cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys or hogs. We will learn about the needs of all living things and how our team best provides these needs for each type of animal.

Field Trip Sites

Greenhouse

Renovated 1920s Greenhouse. Over 8,000 sq ft. and climate controlled allowing year-round lessons. Filled year round with vegetable production and landscaping plants. Limited bathroom facilities and WiFi is available.

Greenhouse Get Directions
Gardens

Acres of intensively managed vegetable gardens. Paths and walking spaces make gardens accessible for visiting students.

Gardens
Temple Grandin

Designed by the renowned Dr. Temple Grandin. Highest quality humane handling facility for cattle. Video capabilities for instruction/teaching. Climate controlled (heat only).

Temple Grandin Handling Facility Get Directions
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Lettuce plants prefer cool days and chilly nights, which means our garden team puts in a lot of extra work to bring you crisp, sweet lettuce mix in the heat of summer! With a combination of shade cloth, landscape fabric, careful variety choices, and frequent overhead watering, you’ll be able to enjoy every tasty bite. Head over to our Facebook page for a more detailed look at this new infrastructure. 🥗#summerlettuceproduction ...

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Haricots verts: the slender and flavorful French relative of traditional green beans. Pick up a recipe bundle at the farmstore to make this beautifully simple dish! ...

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Rob (research intern) and Chad (research assistant) collecting soil data in our entrance field pasture. Rob is timing water infiltration in the pasture and Chad is digging a soil pit for bulk density. Both are indicators of soil health and soil structure. ...

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